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William Craig, longtime resident of Manzanola, CO, passed away Aug. 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He has joined his beloved wife, Ann. He is survived by his children, John (Lilia), Kenneth (Joy), William (Bianca), Francis Thomas, James (Ailen), Nancy and Patricia. Bill also was blessed with 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was an avid golfer and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Donald Ray Coleman, Jr., 61, of Masonboro Sound in Wilmington, NC, died Tuesday August 6, at his home in Kelly, NC. He was born on July 10, 1952 to Donald and Joan Coleman.
He is survived by his wife Susan H. Coleman of 28 years of Marriage. He is also survived by his daughter, Nicole Lea Coleman of LaVernia,TX.
Early in life, Donnie spent time on the rodeo circuit as a champion bull rider. He had a lifelong love of the sea and for many years was a charter boat captain. Donnie had an exceptionally big heart and loved animals, especially his horses and the great outdoors.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of choice.
A Gathering of family and friends will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, August 16, 2013 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington, NC.

Roderick "Hew" McCall III, 60, of Brunswick passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at the Southeast Georgia Health System. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at College Place United Methodist Church in Brunswick.Mr. McCall was born in Chatham County to the late Roderick Mayhew McCall Jr. and Armatha Morgan McCall on Sept. 9, 1952. Hew resided in Brunswick for 30 years and he and his wife, Jaci, had been married 17 years. Hew took particular interest in commercial shrimp fishing. He was a tug boat captain and owned and operated McCall's Trawls for 10 years. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and participating in overseas mission trips.Mr. McCall was preceded in death by his parents, Roderick Mayhew McCall Jr. and Armatha Morgan McCall.Among the many surviving family members of Hew McCall are his wife, Jaci; two daughters, Donna Boatwright (Mitch) of El Paso, Texas, and Rachel Kernes (Trevor) of Orting, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Megan Ashley (Clay) of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepson, Ian Drawdy (Megan) of Brunswick; two sisters, Celia Bazemore (Jerry) of Hinesville and Kim Dabbs (John) of Heartland, Texas; and one brother, Marc McCall of Brunswick. Hew had six grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Mission Ministry, College Place United Methodist Church, 3890 Altama Ave., Brunswick, GA 31520.Arrangements have been entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home and Oglethorpe Crematorium. www.edomillerandsons.com 

John T. "Bunn" Howard of Penns Grove NJ, age 90, departed this life on July 30, 2013. He is survived by 2 sons, Ricardo and John Patillo; 3 daughters, Lorraine Copes, Jacqueline Bowie and Nona Portis and a host of many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, family and friends. 
Services will be held 11am Wed., Aug., 7, 2013 at Mt. Olivet U.A.M.E. Church, Lanning Ave., Penns Grove, NJ. Viewing from 9am - 11am. Interment: Salem Co. Vet. Cem., Pilesgrove, NJ. Arr. by BAGWELL FUNERAL HOME, Penns Grove, NJ.

JOSEPH MICHAEL MASICH  age 49 of Oak Island died Saturday July 13, 2013 at Dosher Memorial Hospital. Mr. Masich was born in New Hanover County on April 23, 1964 and was the son of Joseph Michael Masich Sr. and Bobbie Gillikin Masich. He was a welder in the dredging industry for many years and most recently with Great Lakes Dredging. He was a member of St. James The Fisherman Church of Shallotte. He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Masich of Bolivia; four children, Monica Thacker and Brandy Masich of Oak Island, Joe Michael Thacker and April Thacker of Ohio and Four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday July 17, 2013 at 9am at St. James The Fisherman Church, Shallotte with Reverend Dave Davis officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 pm at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, Virginia The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-8 at the funeral home. You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.

James “Jim” Everett Church, age 81 of Henderson, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Sinai Hospital. He was born on July 21, 1931 in Lamar, West Virginia to the late Arnold E. and Cynthia O’Dell Church. Mr. Church had been a welder for C.J. Langenfelder & Son. He was a member of the Centreville Community Church of God and the Local #25 International Union of Operating Engineers. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister Lucy Carrico. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Katie Jane Church, 3 sons Dana E. Church & wife Gloria of Henderson, Barry G. Church and Brian A. Church and wife Julie both of Greensboro, 7 brothers Leonard Church of Henderson, Jack Church and Ray Church both Princeton, WVA, Clyde Church of, N. Carolina, Billy Church, Harold Church and Ronnie Church all of Princeton, W VA, 2 sisters Shelby Carrico of Princeton, W VA and Janice Bishop of Dover, DE, 3 granddaughters Brittany Baker, Amanda Church and Destiny Church. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jul 16, at 2:00 PM at the Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro. The burial will follow in the Greensboro Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, Jul 15, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the funeral home. 

Ralph D. Konecny Sr., 72, a retired dredgeman who loved his family and enjoyed the outdoors, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Lakewood, N.J. Born on Staten Island, he lived in New Brighton for most of his life. He relocated to Lakewood in 1999. At McKee High School, he was a farm cadet and spent summers upstate working on a farm. After graduation, he joined the National Guard for a four-year stint. Mr. Konecny worked as a dredgeman for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation. He retired in the late 1990s. Much of his free time was spent outdoors. If he wasn't hunting, fishing and camping with his sons, he was taking his Harley-Davidson out for a run. He also enjoyed playing golf, and was an avid Yankees fan. 
Mr. Konecny liked gadgets, and could often be found sifting for items at flea markets. 
His nickname was "Big Daddy." "He was a big teddy bear, a soft-spoken, quiet man," his daughter-in-law Ana Konecny said. "He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attended many of his grandson Christopher's games." Very patriotic, Mr. Konecny once painted his car red, white and blue for Independence Day, family said. He attended Brighton Heights Reformed Church, St. George. 
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Judith; his sons, Ralph Jr. and William Sr.; his daughter, Kimberly Konecny; two brothers, Jimmy and David; a sister, Iris Hannon; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. 
A memorial service will be held at a future date. Arrangements, including cremation, were handled by the Ocean County Cremation Service, Lakewood.  

Lewis M. “Skip” Collier Sr. passed away on June 6, 2013 at his home. He was 54. 
Skip was born on June 7, 1958 in Easton to William “Butch” Collier and Joan Bambary Collier.
He began a lifelong career on the Chesapeake Bay at the age of 16. After graduating from Queen Anne’s County High School in 1977, Skip worked as commercial waterman and sea duck hunting guide. He became a professional Mariner after achieving Master OUTV and 100 Ton licenses. Captain Skip piloted tugboats up and down the Bay for the Maritime Industry for 15 years and helped to rebuild Poplar Island. In 2004 he joined the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory as Captain, Research Vessel Laidly to support scientific investigations by Maryland Department of Natural Resources and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. He also worked closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a highly regarded vessel safety training program for lab scientists.
Skip was an avid hunter and fisherman and received several awards from Ducks Unlimited. He reveled in spending time with his family and friends both on and off the water. Skip delighted in making children smile when he played the roles of Santa and Captain Fish. He was an active member of the Oxford United Methodist Church and his deep faith brought him peace. 
He married Lou Ann Thompson in 1977. After working together at the Oxford Lab for 8 years, Skip married Shawn McLaughlin in 2012.
In addition to his wife and father he is survived by two sons, Lewis Collier Jr. (Erin), and Andy Collier (Brittanie); two grandsons, Aidan and Camron Lewis, two sisters, Lu Anne Smith (Craig), and Lynne Diefenderfer; nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Mandy and R.D.; great nieces and nephews, Chelsea, Cassidy, T.J., Spencer, Logan, Paige and Griffin and great-great niece and nephews; Elijah and Kyara. 
Friends may call from 6-8pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A; Easton. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Easton Church of God at 11am. Burial will be in Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Attn: Membership Department, 6 Herndon Ave Annapolis, MD 21403 or Oxford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117 Oxford, MD 21654.

Alvin M. "Doodle" Matlack, Sr. of Thorofare on April 19, 2013. Aged 76 years.
Born in West Deptford, NJ on Jul. 11, 1936.
A hard working, family oriented guy, Doodle had a knack for fixing or building anything; but his passion was for cars, a nice side income to help support his family. Prior to retirement Doodle worked as a operator/engineer for American Dredge, Camden for 35 years. Trying his luck on the slots at the casinos, cheering on the Phils, hoping to win big with the lottery and watching Westerns that starred "The Duke" were just a few things that he loved.
He is the beloved husband of the late Joyce (nee Grant); devoted father of Tammy Haury (Daniel), Lisa Barrow (William), Alvin Matlack, Jr. (Brandi), and the late Denise Scomolia (Joe, Sr.); dear brother of Mildred, Cassie, William, Leon, Harry, and Dorothy; loving grandfather of Joey, Holly, Billy, Shaun, Kristen, and Evan and great grandfather of Gabriella, Isabella and Sofia.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing 10:30 AM and farewell ceremony 12 Noon Friday in the McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOME, 34 Hunter St., Woodbury. Interment Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.

Philip Terry Polaski (Capt. Phil), 58, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Lawnwood Regional in Ft. Pierce, FL. He was born on February 18, 1955 in Beloit, WI to Terry and the late Margaret Polaski.
Philip grew up in Roscoe, IL. He graduated from Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL in 1973. After high school he attended the United States Naval Academy where he received his Diver First Class certification. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1990. After the Navy Phil became a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and captained Tug Boats and Barges throughout the United States. 
Phil is survived by his father, Terry and his brothers Tom (Sherry) Polaski of Rockton, IL, Jeff Polaski (Craig Marketty) of Honolulu, HI and his sisters Anne (David) Patrick of Vero Beach, FL, Gina Polaski of Garfield, AK and Mary Lynn (Marco) Boscardin of Amherst, MA and his nephews Weston Polaski, Logan Patrick and Tristan Boscardin and his nieces Rylie Patrick and Adrianne Boscardin. 
Phil was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Salamone Polaski. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at The Elks Lodge, 175 N Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2013 with an Elks service at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Elks Lodge, 175 N Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.
Nicholas (Doolley) Troiano, 88, of Union passed away on August 29, 2012. He was a member of the Pacific Loafer's in Newark and worked as a dredgeman for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #25. 

Visitation will take place on Friday, August 31st from 4-8 p.m. at the McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union, N.J. A service will be offered at the funeral home on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. with interment to follow at Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth.

Beloved husband of 69 years to Virginia Troiano. Loving father of Diane Bergamotto, Elaine Nemezio, and the late Joseph Troiano. Dear brother of Antoinette Triano, Anthony Troiano, the late Julia Ammiano and Joseph Troiano. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Lawrence X. Hrbek, 75, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at his residence. Born April 2, 1937 in West New York, N.J., he was the son of the late Robert F. and Mary Jennings Hrbek and had resided in Grahamsville, N.Y. and Ocala, Fla. until relocating to Olivebridge. Mr. Hrbek was a 50 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 25. He was a devoted family man and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Sally Lobdell Hrbek; a son, Lawrence X. Hrbek, Jr., of Tarrytown; a daughter, Mary Burnham, of North Pole, Ark.; his step-children, Jennifer Gallagher of Olivebridge, Bonnie Di Lorenzo of Wallkill, and John Craig of Lakeland, Fla.; his brother, Thomas Hrbek of Interlaken,Fla.; his sisters Veronica Hrbek of Keansbury, N.J., Maureen Knappenberg and Beverly Horst, both of Interlaken, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Private services are under the direction of Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Tinker St., Woodstock. In lieu of Flowers, contributions to Hospice, 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401, would be appreciated.


Cosette Winter  It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along the very sad news of President / Business Manager Scott Winter’s mother’s passing. Scott’s mom, Cosette Winter, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Tampa, FL, her home for many years. She was a beloved member of the Winter family and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott during this painful time. While we can’t make this pain go away for him, we can make sure he feels the love and support that surrounds him from his Union family. As Scott has done for many of us personally and for this Union as a whole, it is now our turn to stand behind Scott in his time of need.

Scott, we are here for you and your family 100%, with unwavering support and our deepest sympathies. May your mother rest in peace.


Tampa Hall asking for donations for Union Brother

One of our fellow union brothers, Cecil Jackson, Jr., is currently facing an unthinkable tragedy. His wife, Pam, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 6, 2012. While many of us have been in contact with Cecil over the last 36 hours to support him and his son, there is something a bit more tangible and practical that is needed right now as well; because Pam’s passing was so unexpected, Cecil and her family weren’t prepared for the expenses they are now incurring for the funeral and other related issues. We are trying to raise money for Cecil to help provide a bit of relief from the financial stress during this terrible time. Cecil has been a member of Local 25 since 1981, following his dad, Cecil Jackson, Sr., into this industry and Union. Cecil, Sr. worked his way up to Lead Dredgeman with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock and then finished his career as Business Agent for Local 25. Cecil, Sr. was so proud of what his son accomplished throughout the years through his own hard work and merit, working his way up to dozer operator and general dump foreman. For those of us who have known Cecil, Jr. since he was a kid, we are just as proud of him and are honored to help support him during this difficult time. If you are able and willing to support Cecil, Jr. in this way, please send donations to the Tampa, FL Union Hall…12610 Henderson Rd., Tampa, FL 33625. Please make out all checks and money orders directly to Cecil Jackson, Jr.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --July 30,2012-- Lifelong Staten Islander Philip Schutz Sr., 79, of Prince's Bay, died Friday in Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay. 
Born and raised in Mariners Harbor, he moved to Willowbrook in 1974 and to Prince's Bay in 1987. 
He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force, and for another four years in the U.S. Navy. 
Mr. Schutz worked for many years at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock on Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor, retiring in 1993. 
He enjoyed spending time with his family at Sunday dinners.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Jean Liquori; two sons, Frederick Fay and Philip Schutz Jr.; three daughters, Terry Barranco, Cheryl Napolitano and Jeanmarie Schutz; three sisters, Margaret Aiello, Gertrude Egger and Michelle Schutz; three brothers, Frederick, Ludwig and Michael, and five grandchildren. 
The funeral will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Harmon South Shore Home for Funerals, Pleasant Plains. Arrangements include cremation.

FORBES - James R., 86, of Bethpage, NY on July 12, 2012. Retired Tug Boat Captain,I.O.U.E. #25, Marine Division. Former longtime Bethpage Community Swim Coach, ass't diving coach of Plainview High School, Master All American Swimming Champion 1970's and former president of Metro Masters Swim Club. Beloved husband of 63 years to Mary. Loving father of Virginia Lee Fish (David) and Helen Wade (Joe), Cherished grandfather of Betsy Fish, Dear brother of Alex Forbes (Dorothy) and uncle of Sandy, Lisa and Thomas. The family will receive visitors Sunday, 1-4 and 7-9 PM, at the Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc. 234 Broadway, Bethpage, 11714. Service Monday, 11 AM, at the United Methodist Church of Bethpage, with interment following at Calverton National Cemetery. 


Walter Thomas Hanson III, 24, of Wellsboro, PA, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Saratoga, Wyo. 
Walter was born in Portsmouth, Va. on April 6, 1988, to Walter Hanson II of Wellsboro and Michelle (Reese) Cook of Saratoga, Wyo. 
Walter T. was a kind and loving young man. He enjoyed playing baseball for both the Westfield and Wellsboro teams. He loved being outdoors and liked to hunt, fish, snow board, kayak and raft. He treasured the time spent with his cousins, niece and nephew. Walter graduated from Wellsboro High School in 2007. He worked as a dredgeman on the Baltimore and New York harbors as a member of I.U.O.E. Local 25 Marine Division. 
He is survived by his loving family, father, Walter Hanson II and Diana Staiger; mother, Michelle and Butch Cook; brother, John Hanson (Marie) and niece, Emily of Penn Yan, N.Y.; brother Matthew Hanson (Lois) and nephew, Abram of Saratoga, Wyo.; brother, Jacob Staiger of Wellsboro,PA; brother, Steven Cook (Julie) and niece, Ava of Whitneyville,PA; sister Brittany Cook (Nick) and nieces Nevaeh and Natala of Galeton,PA; also by paternal grandmother, Rita Hanson of Mansfield,PA; deceased paternal grandfather, Walter Hanson Sr., (Beverly); maternal grandparents, John and Victorene Reese of Wellsboro,PA; aunt, Regina Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; uncle, Alan Johnson of Mansfield,PA; cousins, Alana, Christal and Ian; aunt, Leanne Hanson and husband, Russell Oakley of Ault, Colo.; uncle, John Reese and aunt, Neva Reese of Mansfield,PA; cousins Josh, Jenna, Emmie and Charlee; aunt, Dr. Lisa Feil (Matthew) and cousins Mikayla, Abigail, Grace and Watson of Wellsboro,PA; great-aunt, Joan Hanson of Dorothy, N.J.; cousin, Jonelle and many extended family and friends. 
A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Remembrances may be made in prayer or donations to a charity of your choice in the name of Walter T. Hanson III. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to another friend and union brother, Al Pollock, who passed away on Tuesday, June 12th. Al was 80 years old. He joined Local 25 in 1956 as one of our first members. Throughout his 40 years working with Local 25, Al progressed from mate, boatman and eventually captain. For the last decade of his career, before his retirement in 1999, he was a Captain for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. This position requires a sensitive balance between Union and Company interests and Al managed to strike that balance every step of the way. To be able to create the amount of trust and loyalty he did from both Local 25 and Great Lakes speaks volumes to the integrity Al posessed. He did his job incredibly well; more importantly, he did it honestly and fairly.
Al was a tremendous asset to Local 25 in so many ways. He was a loyal and vocal Union brother throughout his career, even representing his fellow Union brothers on the jobsite as Shop Steward when needed. And retirement didn't change that loyalty or passion one bit! Al stayed involved until the end, never afraid to voice his opinion to his Local 25 representatives, who were also his fellow Union brothers who worked beside him in the field for years. But if you asked them, those same brothers would say before anything else, Al was their friend. Jerry Abell, Vice President and Business Agent in the Tampa Hall, said it perfectly upon hearing the news..."Al was world class". Local 25 extends our deepest sympathies to Al's family. 

Al, we will miss you terribly. You served this Union well and were a lifelong friend to so many of us. Rest In Peace." 

It is with heavy hearts that we report another passing of a beloved and loyal union brother, Marion B. Fowler. "M.B"., as we all knew him by, joined Local 25 in 1963 and quickly became a diehard "union man" and defender of his fellow union brothers. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind and we loved him for it. 
M.B. was a leverman with numerous companies, finishing his career with Norfolk Dredging. He was a hard worker and expected the same from those around him. Throughout his history with Local 25, so many of us became lifelong friends with M.B. and are proud to have had the priveledge to work beside him. He was a strong voice for the union and the rights of his union brothers and never lost sight of fighting for what was right. Many of the "Fowler Boys", M.B.'s sons, followed in his footsteps, working in the dredging industry and joining Local 25 themselves. Marion Fowler Jr., or "B.B.", is still an active member and is currently working with Cashman Dredging.
To B.B. and the rest of M.B.'s family, your union family is here for you and grieving with you. We will be here for you every step of the way. M.B., you will be sorely missed and always remembered as the "crotchety old man" we loved so dearly. Rest in peace, my friend. 

A viewing for M.B. will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Archie Tanner Funeral Home, 14397 Hwy. 301 South, Starke, FL 32091, with a graveside service immediately following...

As you may already know, Captain John Blackmon of the R.L. Enterkin died suddenly of a heart attack on Jan. 7, 2012. John is survived by his brother Captain David Blackmon; his seven children, Jennifer, John, Michael, David, Anne, Grace, and Sarah; his four grandchildren, Michael, James, Isabella, and Luke; and his two nephews, David and Jesse. The entire Blackmon Family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of John’s Union Brothers for their help during this difficult time. Specifically, we would like to thank the crew of the R.L. Enterkin, Captain Matt and the crew of the Sea Bear, Captain Wayne Lawson, Bubba Midgett, Clay Holley, and Doug Dickerson for their assistance the night John died. We would also like to thank the crews of the Illinois, Alaska, Texas, and Staten Island for their most generous contributions. We are touched by the sympathy, concern, and support from every member of Local 25.


Brother James "Freddie" Spry, a 57-year beloved union brother, passed away on February 4, 2012 at the age of 77. Freddie was good-hearted guy who took a special interest in teaching the younger members our craft. And who better to do it than Freddie, as he was known to all as a man who could not only run every piece of equipment – but also was the best at it. Besides being able to run any equipment, in addition was an outstanding licensed tugboat captain. He was a first rate union brother, mentor, friend, and an overall great guy to work with. He joined Local 25 in 1955 after serving our country in the USCG. He worked with all the old-time original members who knew him well. Many of the Spry family brothers were also dredgemen. Freddie is survived by his beloved wife of 56-years, Mary Spry, sons James Jr. and Daniel and his brother Billy, age 79, who retired from our Executive Board just a few years ago. His brother Billy is also known for being a great Unionman. Freddie finished his career with Gates Construction Company in 1998.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5-9 p.m. at St. Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals, 66 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ 08759. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, a donation in Freddie Spry’s name be made to: Vandyke Hospice or Jackson United Methodist Church.


Brother Donald Horning, age 54, of Wellsboro, PA passed away in a tragic fire at his home on Friday February 3, 2012 at the age of 54. Don was a proud veteran of the US Air Force. He was a member since 2003 serving in the positions of Mate and Driller. He was survived by his mother Phyllis Horning and two sisters. Family and friends are invited to a life celebration for Donald on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Horseshoe Inn in Wellsboro, PA at 1:00pm. He will be cremated at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com


Zachary Scott Hartfield, "Zak", the child of our Brother Sam Norris and his wife Susan Truluck passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Their child was only 19-years of age. Zak was born June 1, 1992 in Newark, DE.

Funeral Arrangements:
Faries Funeral Home
29 S. Main St
Smyrna, Delaware 19977
Tel: (302) 653-8816
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 6 to 7 pm in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main St. in Smyrna. Funeral services will begin at 7 pm. At the conclusion of the services, the viewing will continue until 8:30 pm. Flowers are welcome; however contributions to Delaware City Fire Company, PO Box 251, Delaware City, DE 19706 would be appreciated.
Our deepest heartfelt sympathy over the loss of their child. May God give Sam and Susan the strength to heal their suffering.


Brother John Blackmon, a lifelong Local 25 member and beloved union brother, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the age of 63. John was loved by so many of us, not just as a union brother, but also as a friend. He joined Local 25 in 1977 and made quite a name for himself throughout the years. For the majority of the last decade, John worked as Master on the Tug R.L. Enterkin with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock. He was a shining example of loyalty, friendship and respect and was the standard bearer for how we should treat each other. He took so many "green" deckhands and new captains under his wing without a moment of hesitation and played a major role in creating a "new generation" of exemplary Local 25 brothers. The Blackmon family is prevalent throughout Local 25 and our deepest sympathies go out to our fellow union brothers Mike, David and John Jr. (his sons), and David (his brother). We send our heartfelt condolences to John's entire family during this painful time. John was one a kind and will be sorely missed by us all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL. The address is 224 N. 5th St., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, a donation to your charity of choice be made in John's honor. 


Brother Lloyd Linford Prentice was passed away on January 3, 2012. He was born on March 13, 1919 in the town of Hume, NY. Lloyd has been a member of our Union since Sept. 1947, joining after his honorable discharge from the Army after serving during WWII. He survived the Normandy Invasion of June 1944. While in the Army he met Marjorie Mills, who became his wife for 63 years. Marjorie predeceased him on August 11, 2008. He last worked for GLD&D as a Chief Engineer and Captain of the Dredge 54.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service January 14, 2012 at 3:00pm at Evergreen Baptist Church in Sylvester, GA. There will be a second memorial service January 15, 2012 at 1:00pm at Wellburn Baptist Church in Live Oak, FL off route 90.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Gideon Bible Memorial Fund, PO Box 444, Sylvester, GA 31791


George R. Taylor, Sr.
Born December 20, 1944
Died December 1, 2011
Age: 66

Our longtime Brother George Taylor was born on December 20, 1944, son of the late Romie and Margaret Hogan Taylor. He was raised in Rock Hall and at the age of 22 was drafted into the Army where he served during Vietnam. Since 1965 he was a Tugboat Captain. George was a member of Centreville American Legion Post 18 and Grasonville VFW Post 7464. His hobbies included crabbing, fishing, cooking, gardening, guitar, NASCAR and vacationing in Mexico. 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Richard Taylor. George is survived by his fiancée Patricia Reeley, 5 children, George R. Taylor, Jr., Patricia Taylor-Brady, Thomas A. Taylor, Kimberly Taylor-Olavarria and Margaret Bell, and 11 grandchildren. 

His Union Brothers and Sisters who are able to pay their respects can do so on Monday, December 5 from 6 to 8 pm in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, 118 W. Cross St. Galena, MD, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 11am. Burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Rock Hall, MD. Directions and other information can be found at the following website:

Memorials may be offered to your local American Legion or VFW.

Above all George has always been considered a dam good Union man. One of the great things we will remember him by is his campaign to get union deckhands on crewboats down in the Maryland area. His pasting came at a complete shock to everyone as he was considered to be in good health. Although he was at retirement age, George loved working and being a tugboat captain and decided to continue on with his career for a little longer. As everyone knows the Taylor family has a long history with Local 25. His son George Taylor Jr. was actually working with his Dad the day that he pasted away. Our hearts go out to the entire Taylor Family for their loss.



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jerry Abell's beloved mother Kathleen "Kat" Abell. Mrs. Abell passed away from a massive heart attack on Monday, August 15, 2011 at her home in her sleep. For anyone that knew Kat, she was a real amusing lady. When you would call Jerry's house, she would often answer the phone and have you laughing in the matter of seconds. She was a real treasure of a woman. Jerry was a great son to her, taking her in to live with him and his family and providing the best of her latter years of her life.

Words cannot express our sorrow for Jerry's loss. We are all deeply saddened by Kat's (a.k.a. Mom) passing. There is no doubt that she has St. Peter laughing right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and Lindsay.

Lindsay (Jerry's daughter and Kat's granddaughter) works in the Tampa Office as Jerry's Administrative Assistant.

You both are in our prayers and may the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

For anyone interested in attending the services:

Friday August 19, 2011

Hillsboro Memorial Gardens

2323 W. Brandon Blvd.

Brandon, FL 33511

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Our deepest condolences to "Red" McDonnell 
Posted: Jun 28, 2011 

It is with heavy hearts that we annouce the passing of Tobi McDonnell,  James "Red" McDonnell's beloved wife.  Tobi passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at her home.  Red, a member of Local 25's Executive Board, joined Local 25 in 1979 and has worked mostly with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock throughout the years.  He is currently working with GLDD in New York Harbor on the Dredge 53 as a Mate.  He has made a career out of the dredging industry and has been a loyal and steadfast union brother to us all. 
As we all know, the dredging lifestyle is not easy and the ones who must sacrifice the most are our spouses, children and other family.  Tobi was no exception and made it possible for Red to succeed in this industry and create a stable and loving family for themselves. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Red and his family during this difficult time.  These are the moments we must rally around each other, for we are never alone in the Union Brotherhood.  Red, your Union Brothers and Sisters are thinking of you every step of the way.  
Visitation is on Friday July 1, 2011 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 p.m. at Akers Funeral Home, 299 Raystown Rd., Everett, PA 15537.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. with visitation starting at 9 a.m. at the Stevens Chapel United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.akersfuneralhome.com  


RIP Brother Steve Chambers

Posted: Jan 30, 2011

With heavy hearts we report the untimely passing of our Brother Steve.  

Steve joined Local 25 in 1979 and worked for numerous companies and in many different classifications throughout the years, including deckhand, mate, oiler and operator.  His last project with Local 25 was with Manson Construction in the Gulf of Mexico as a Deckhand.  He finished his last hitch in December 2010.  

Many of us knew Steve personally and worked beside him as friends and union brothers.  We are devastated by this loss and offer our deepest condolences to Steve's family, including his brother Dean, a fellow Local 25 member.    

As we tried to find the words to describe Steve, it was summed up best in an email we received from a former GLDD official when he found out about Steve's passing...

 "I am saddened to learn of his passing.  I will never forget him climbing the Dredge Alaska's spud frame and standing on top of a 95 ft. spud to unshackle the double block after Squirrel safely installed it into the keeper.  That is the first time my heart stopped after witnessing one of Local 25's finest in action.  When I related the incident to Jack Stewart, his response was 'He is a good worker, but he is a crazy S.O.B.'" 

Rest in peace Brother Steve.  You will be sorely missed.    


RIP Brother Cecil Jackson Sr.

Posted: Sep 13, 2010

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Cecil Jackson Sr.  Cecil passed away at home on Monday, September 13, 2010. His family was by his side.  

Cecil was an integral part of this union throughout his years in the dredging industry.  He joined Local 25 in 1963, working mainly with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company during his career.  From the beginning, Cecil was an outspoken supporter of the union and was known to be the "unofficial spokesperson" for the workers on numerous occasions.  This led to taking on the role as shop steward for Local 25 with GLDD on various projects and in different areas.  Cecil worked as an engineer, boatman, operator and general dump foreman until 1999, when he became the Lead Dredgeman for GLDD.  In this unique role, he worked on behalf of both the Company and the Union, which can be a difficult task.  Cecil balanced the responsibilities easily, simply because he always put the best interests of the person before anything else.  In April of 2005, Cecil became the Roving Business Agent for Local 25, representing our members throughout our jurisdiction.  He was a constant presence on the job sites and in the Halls.  Many Company repsentatives have said they dreaded it when Cecil called them, for they knew their feet were going to be held to the fire and he wasn't going to back down.  Yet almost every one of them would also call him a friend.

In April of 2006, Cecil retired.  While it was a tremendous loss for us at Local 25, his departure was celebrated, as no one deserved it more than Cecil.  

The passing of Cecil Jackson has hit this entire industry hard.  From our members who worked beside him for years, who he would then later work for and represent, to the GLDD and other Company personnel, to the Officers and office staff of Local 25, this is a loss that is felt deeply throughout.  Cecil was a hard worker and a loyal union brother.  Most importantly, though, Cecil Jackson was our friend and we couldn't have asked for more.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to Cecil's family and loved ones.  With both of his sons, Cecil Jr. and Kenny, active members of Local 25, his legacy is sure to live on.

Funeral services will be held at Jeffcoat Funeral Home in Tallassee, AL

255 Friendship Road, Tallassee, AL 36078

Viewing on Thursday, Sept. 16 @ 5 pm

Funeral on Friday, Sept. 17 @ 10 am

RIP Brother Cecil


RIP James Robertson

Posted: Aug 12, 2010

Brother James Robertson died suddenly on Thursday, August 12, 2010.  As the tragic news travelled through the union brotherhood, it became obvious how many friends, coworkers and true brothers and sisters he has left behind.

James was initiated into the Union in 2000.  Throughout the years, he worked for Great Lakes, Weeks Marine and Cashman Dredging as a deckhand, mate, welder and boatman.  James last worked with Cashman on the Hudson River project in 2009 as a Tug Captain.  His contributions to this Union will be remembered by us all.  

We extend our deepest sympathies to James' family and loved ones.  He will be sorely missed.  RIP Brother.   


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